After breakfast you will spend a brief time on the magnificent dunes. Afterwards, you will depart Merzouga and make your way to the town of Midelt. Along the way, you will pass through the Ziz Valley, one of the longest valleys in Morocco. Flocks of sheep and goats will be grazing alongside the road and up into the hillsides. If you look closely enough, you’ll see the Berber shepherds watching over them. As you inch your way up and into the High Atlas Mountains, you may be surprised to see an abrupt change in scenery. As you pass through the N’Talghemt Pass (1,907 m / 6, 256 ft), there will be ample opportunities for photos. Later in the day, you will reach the town of Midelt that lies on the high plains flanked by the Middle Atlas and the High Atlas Mountains.
Upon leaving Midelt, you will crisscross the Middle Atlas Mountains where you may catch a glimpse of Barbary Macaques in a shadowy cedar forest. The Barbary Macaque, an Old World Monkey Species, is found chiefly in the Atlas and Rif Mountains of Morocco and Algeria. It is near the forest that you will enter the city of Ifrane, home of the world famous Al Akhawayn University. In summer, Ifrane is a cool respite from the heat. During the winter months,is known for beautiful snow and amazing skiing adventures. Nearby Ifrane, you may visit Lake Ifrah or Lake Aaoua; both are havens for wildlife, especially birds. After lunch, you will continue your journey toward Fes. You will reach Fes in the late afternoon or early evening.